Human Rights in Croatia

Human Rights House Zagreb has published two reports, one providing in-depth insight into the human rights situation in Croatia, the other a thematic report into primary legal aid in the country.

Human Rights in Croatia: Overview of 2017

Human Rights House Zagreb’s annual report is based on year-round monitoring and qualitative research. It provides an insight into the most important violations and systemic problems, challenges, and disputes related to protection, respect, and promotion of human rights in Croatia during the past year.

The report finds no significant progress in 2017 that reverses the negative trends of social relativism and political marginalisation of human rights. The long-term burden placed on the economy by numerous structural problems and the stagnation of socio-economic opportunities impede the exercise of social and economic rights of all citizens. Such social circumstances strengthen social groups that advocate for the return to traditional values and systematically distort and abuse standards of human rights protection, in order to restrict the rights of others.

Primary Legal Aid – Perspective of Authorised Providers

Human Rights House Zagreb recently published a thematic report on primary legal aid – from the perspective of authorised providers. Given that legal aid aims to ensure equal access to justice for all Croatian citizens as a fundamental human right, Human Rights House Zagreb aimed to address some of the main problems that arise in this system, and to encourage improvements.

Primary legal aid in Croatia is burdened by numerous obstacles, most of which do not arise out of the legislative framework that regulates it, but rather out of the manner in which it is implemented. As part of this qualitative research, the House conducted interviews with 14 associations that provide primary legal aid in Croatia.

The results show that there is a great need for thoughtful investments in the legal aid system. In addition, the system should be based on national analysis of social needs in order to adequately address the needs of citizens and provide them with effective access to justice.


December 13, 2019

“We had to create a movement”

Concerned that femicide was becoming the social norm in Georgia, Baia Pataraia mobilised a Women’s movement against domestic violence and the murder of women that has grown to 3000 activists on Facebook. HRHF spoke to the chair of Human Rights House Tbilisi, and the director of Sapari about her work, the challenges facing Women Human Rights Defenders, and how to empower the next generation of young Georgian women.

December 11, 2019

Узнагароджаны лаўрэаты Нацыянальнай праваабарончай прэмі за 2019 год

У Міжнародны Дзень правоў чалавека, 10 снежня, у Мінску ўручылі Нацыянальную прэмію за дасягненні ў галіне правоў чалавека ў 2019 годзе. Урачыстае ўзнагароджанне прайшло на асветніцка-адукацыйнай пляцоўцы “Тэрыторыя правоў”.

December 10, 2019

International Advocacy Officer, Brussels

Human Rights House Foundation seeks a new International Advocacy Officer to coordinate the organisation’s advocacy priorities at the European Union, Council of Europe and OSCE and provide targeted strategic advocacy support to local partners within a portfolio of priority countries.